Wonderfully designed abode in Kochi a text book on space utility

The biggest challenge while building a house in a metro is making the optimum use of space to create the maximum of facilities. Here is an example that tops it all. The house is located in Marad in Kochi, Kerala, where the cost of the land is exorbitantly high.

The dream home is built taking into account the wishes of the family and the surroundings. The 7.7-cent corner plot has public roads running on either side. The land uses in its proximity are varied and that has influenced the design of this house to a great extent.

The house, designed with the theme of microthermal comfort, has ensured the safety and security of the family by keeping all the possible interference of the city bustle at bay. Exposed brick cladding, exposed RCC walls, MS grilles, and terracotta jaalies added to the exuberance of the exteriors.

The ground floor has a sit-out, a foyer, a living, a dining, and a double-height courtyard that includes the pooja room. open kitchen, working kitchen, master bedroom, a servant's room, the upper floor houses two bedrooms, an office, and an elaborate family living room.

A compound wall with a considerable height shields the house from all the outside nuisance. In front of the dining room, there is a deck area with a pool and a water fountain flowing onto it the source of which is designed on the compound wall.

The dining area and the deck in front is designed in the central corridor space of the house. The point can be termed the nerve centre of the house, which energises the five senses.

Numerous garden plants have been grown within the limited plot and solar panels have been installed for the energy requirements of the house. There is also a huge underground tank for storing water.

The highlight of the house is that the builders were able to overcome the challenges posed by space constraints and the metropolitan environment through precise space planning and tapping nature's alternate energy sources.

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